Meet the Difference Makers

Azusa Pacific University is a community where the individual stories of students, alumni, professors, and staff connect to a collective identity: we prepare and serve as difference makers, ready to impact the world for Christ.

Annie MacAulay ’11

Annie MacAulay ’11 founded Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA), which provides educational science camps that benefit hundreds of students every year.

Darnell Abraham ’09

APU alumnus Darnell Abraham ’09 stars in Hamilton and uses the gift of his influence to build bridges in the entertainment industry.

Rene Colon ’14, M.Div. ’16

Rene Colon ’14, M.Div. ’16, is formally trained in pastoral leadership, but his role in ministry is anything but conventional. With a gift for understanding and connecting with others, Rene helps people meet Christ wherever they happen to be—in a church pew, through a film, or amid times of great loss.

Tiffany (Porter ’06) Moore

Tiffany (Porter ’06) Moore sees miracles in action every day in the lives of more than 400 South and East Los Angeles students who attend KIPP Scholar Academy, the college-preparatory school she founded and leads.

Gabriel Martin ’17

Alpha leader. Resident advisor. Biology major. Nine-time Mexico Outreach participant. Gabriel Martin ’17 learned and served in each of these roles during his time at Azusa Pacific. A full-tuition Trustees’ Scholarship made all of it possible.


Brandon Arbini '01 and Jeff Tanner '96, M.Ed. '99, are two Azusa Pacific University alumni entrepreneurs who have been thinking like difference makers.

Dustin McBride ’07 and Vaughn Spethman ’07

Zambikes employees and trains Zambians to build bicycles and bike trailers used for transportation, for taking goods to market, and for getting people to medical clinics.

Don Rogers ’81

While a student at Azusa Pacific University, Don Rogers '81 felt called to the mission field. He made his first trip to Kenya in 1986, and continued to return to East Africa year after year, later founding Empowering Lives International. Don's organization provides training, education, and care for more than 200 orphans. Don is continuing the Azusa Pacific mission in East Africa, empowering and transforming lives.

Joy Collins Brodt ’07

Loved. Valued. Purposed. This is the personal message of hope Joy Collins Brodt ’07 helps to spread in her role as operations and program director for Treasures Ministries, a faith-based outreach and support group for women in the sex industry and sex trafficking victims.